Adames seemingly has little left to prove in the minors after slashing .277/.360/.415 with 10 home runs and 11 steals across 578 plate appearances with Durham last season, so the Rays' top prospect may not be in store for a lengthy stay at Triple-A to begin the 2018 campaign. The 22-year-old is likely to emerge as an everyday option for Tampa Bay at either second base or shortstop at some point during the upcoming season.
Manager Kevin Cash said that the recent trade of Ryan Schimpf to the Braves on Monday opened up a little more competition at the keystone, paving the way for Adames to receive more reps in the Grapefruit League. Adames has gone 6-for-15 with one home run, five RBI and one double in seven outings this spring, but expect the 22-year-old to remain at the shortstop position as opposed to the keystone -- due to his plus arm strength and excellent hands -- as he looks to earn a spot on Tampa Bay's Opening Day roster.
Adames drove in a career-high five RBI in Triple-A Durham's win over Wilkes-Barre on Friday, Alex Kraft of MiLB.com reports.
There were already whispers of a possible September call-up for the promising prospect, and Friday's effort certainly did nothing to dissuade that notion. Adames drew a first-inning walk before roping a two-run single in the fourth, another RBI single in the fifth and a run-scoring two-bagger in the seventh. His fifth and final RBI came on a ninth-inning sacrifice fly, allowing him to eclipse the four-RBI tally he'd managed on two previous occasions in his minor-league career. Adames has now compiled six hits and reached base on eight occasions overall during the last two contests, raising his season line to a solid .273/.366/.417.
Adames, 21, is batting .316 with one home run, three RBI and one steal over his last 10 games for Triple-A Durham.
On the year, Adames is slashing .267/.360/.406 with eight home runs, 47 RBI and nine stolen bases. The Rays are notoriously conservative with their prospects, but as they sit just 1.5 games out of the last Wild Card spot, they could choose to bring up Adames to boost their middle infield depth down the stretch.
Adames went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in the International League All-Star's 6-4 loss to the Pacific Coast League All-Stars in Wednesday's Triple-A All-Star Game.
The 21-year-old enjoyed a strong finish to the first half, hitting .297 with two home runs and seven RBI in the last 10 games prior to the break. Adames has been progressively improving as he's adjusted to Triple-A pitching, and he's now slashing .277/.363/.431 with 18 doubles, five triples, seven homers and 40 RBI over his first 82 games for Durham.
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|Minor League Batting Stats|
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|2014||AFX-West Michigan Whitec||98||353||40||95||14||12||6||50||39||96||3||6||.346||.428||.269|
|2015||AFA-Charlotte Stone Crab||106||396||51||102||24||6||4||46||54||123||10||1||.342||.379||.258|